The Catholic faithful are on the go again, packing a historic church in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck as part of a campaign to breathe life into parishes where attendance has faltered.
The Detroit Free Press reports that an overflow crowd of 2,000 people turned out for Sunday Mass at St. Florian Roman Catholic Church.
The church opened in 1929 and has seating for 1,500.
The newspaper says that the Rev. Miroslaw Frankowski (MIH’-roh-slahv fran-KAWV’-skee) got laughs when he asked worshippers where they were the week before. Typical attendance is about 200.
The church was the sixth the Detroit Mass Mob movement has visited.
The Archdiocese of Detroit has closed a number of older churches in Detroit in recent decades as the Catholic population has shifted to the suburbs.